Samuel Smith's India Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BA SCORE
84
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896 Reviews
THE BROS
82
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Reviews: 896
Hads: 1,743
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 29
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber crowned by a clingy 2” off-white foam collar that slowly recedes.
S: bread and biscuit aromas
T: Biscuit malt flavors, a light caramel touch, a bitter hop accent on the finish.
F: Creamy, medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: A flavorful, easy to drink IPA (292 characters)

Photo of 303beer
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer poured. Clear amber copper color. Nice inch of head that is white and semi rocky. Umm nice rich malty flavor. Leaves some lacing. Has a lack of hops in it. Pretty much hood malty beer. Never fails, Sammy Smith makes good beer. (249 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my imperial pint glass at cellar temperature.

It has a clear sunset-orange color and a big three-centimeter or so, poofy white head.

There's not all that much to the aroma. Just a sweet, rich breadiness and a sweet, flowery scent of orange. More mellow and floral than the sharp, zesty citrus smell of American IPAs.

The flavor echoes what's going on in the aroma. First comes a sweet orange flavor with almost non-existent tartness or astringency. Then it's honey and white bread into the finish. Longer after a sip, I get some slight herbal, hops bitterness. Nothing wild or out-of-control here. Just a balanced harmony.

It's pretty full-bodied. Sort of a medium-fullness.

As far as milder ales go, I really like this. It's a mellow yet nuanced, well-integrated, kuaffable ale. And the sweet orange and honey combo is classically British. (849 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively tame pour yields a thin soapy white head that dissipated quite quickly, leaving behind a few bigger bubbles and a touch of white. Beer is slick on the glass, showing no legs, and the head doesn't seem to want to cling either. Pours a medium golden color with just a bit of light orange tint. Good clarity.

Smell is very bready with notes of sweet graininess (reminescent of Stiegl) and a bit of fruity yeastiness. A faint faint faint touch of earthy hops in here, but really not much else coming out of this other than the malt.

Taste follows the nose, albeit with a somewhat firm hop bitterness up front as well. An earthy, spicy hop note carries through for a bit, but then falls off, finishing up quite dry with a slight residual bitterness on the tongue as well as some light fruity estery notes. Also, and I'm not quite certain if this is the sweetness/fruitiness of the yeast and malt speaking here, but I think I detect a faint hint of diacetyl butter

Overall this beer is fine. Nothing to write home about, but it drinks nicely, with no noticeable flaws other than perhaps the faintest bit of diacetly - but I could misreading it, as it is indeed faint. A nice, moderate English IPA. (1,210 characters)

Photo of NickSMpls
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour and slightly hazy color Light head fades quickly. Nice aroma with malts and bread. If your taste buds have evolved to handle a west coast double IPA or you enjoy slaming back a couple of Hopslams this beer is not for you. Well balanced and at 5% ABV it's worth it.. (282 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light amber orange in color, with a medium amount of light tan head.

S: Flowery, grassy, and herbal. There is a lovely touch of caramel and bread in the finish

T: The herbal aroma continues into the flavor, with perhaps a touch of bitter lemon peel. Finish is caramel with a long lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty decent, but there is something odd about the bitterness in this. (445 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Aroma of biscuit malt with a bit of hops. Hop-forward in flavor, but of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness on a malty, biscuity base. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Flavorful throughout with a touch of dryness at the finish. So drinkable. A good example that a solid IPA doesn’t have to be over the top. (356 characters)

Photo of Greasy
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a two finger head that fizzled away to a ring sitting atop the beer.

S: Sweet malts up front. Hops are earthy.

T: Taste is a nice biscuit/cracker malt flavor with floral hops following in suit. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Nice body. Good carbonation.

O: A nice change of pace. The English IPA is an under appreciated style that gets picked last in a gym class full of American counterparts. This is a lovely beer that needs more respect. (481 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark reddish gold that is clear and leaves a rich, excessively long lived head. I got tired of waiting for it to settle. Lacing is more like a thick curtain.

The nose is excellent and rich with nice earthy and floral ones of coriander, pine, lavender, citrus and camphor.

The taste is crisp and bold with a dominant bitter hop on top of a dry malt bed that has hints of apple, vanilla, pine and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is very rich and perfect for delivering the complexity of this fine beer.

Overall this one is exceptionally good and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it. (601 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So yeah, it isn't that hop-forward compared to most American IPAs. It also has the same distinct wang as the Chocolate and Oatmeal stouts (which is not a bad thing - I find Unibroue to have the same theme). However, this is a solid beer. Not a great one, but certainly not a bad one. Would I buy again? Probably not - I like my IPAs like I like my sports - AMERICAN (365 characters)

Photo of thetravelguy01
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a very enjoyable beer to drink! Citrus flavor with just small amount of hops. I believe a person who doesn't like hops would enjoy this beer. This would be great for a nice summer day, nice crisp and clean easy to drink beer. (234 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity hop aroma. Mild brown body.An off white head. Smooth clear taste. Mild sweetness. Hint of of a citrus-like tang in the background. A little plain but very drinkable.Faint sour after taste. (195 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a two finger head of thick white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a bready smell mixed with a moderate showing of an earthy hop aroma. Along with these smells comes some notes of caramel and a light fruity aroma of peach and apple as well as some notes of a grassy and herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat bready and cracker flavor with some light flavors of an herbal and earthy hop. These hop flavors grow slightly stronger in nature with the herbal being the more intense of the two. There is a little bit of a pear and peach as well as a light caramel flavor that are at the forefront of the taste, which end up fading a bit as the taste moves forward. With a little bit of a floral hop and even more herbal hop as well as a hint of grain, one is left with a rather herbal and dank, but crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side while a carbonation level is rather average. For the style a little thicker body may have been slightly better for the hop, but while said, the thinner body did actually do a rather decent job for the more crisp and malty flavors of the brew; so overall the feel was decent.

Overall – A more dank but rather easy drinking IPA. A little to thin and dank for me, but a easy drinker non the less and a rather fun one to try. (1,584 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an encore to their Oatmeal Stout in the variety pack, I went with this English style IPA next. Poured in to their signature Samuel Smith pint glass, the beer puts forth a rising head of spongy off white foam. 3 fingers of froth rests atop a tangerine-orange brew of notable clarity. Tons of lacing hangs around as the foam dissipates. Beautiful appearance. The aroma gives off biscuit malts and only traces of hops. Certainly not nearly as aromatic as its American brethren. Despite the lack of a pronounced hop bouquet, it is still hop-forward in the flavor department. But of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness. They definitely put a leash on it. A touch of toffee and some metallic accents that zing your tongue.There's some orange sweetness, light pine, and fruity esters to round out the flavors. The pleasant and slightly dry aftertaste conjures thoughts of herbal tea, and there's a good mix of malt and hops. The beer is effervescent with a juicy feel. A pretty solid body given its relative lack of weight. Overall, I think we Americans have been spoiled with mega-IPA's that obliterate your senses. This is a refreshing and easy alternative with a historic pedigree and distinguished character. Hopheads may find this leaving them a little wanting, but if you can appreciate it for what it is, it's great. Balanced, refined. A true classic. (1,367 characters)

Photo of tonecoleman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large bubbly creamy head, not much aroma. Light malt flavour with moderate carbonation and a nice clean dry slightly bitter finish. Found this unexeptional, but overall well balanced flavours and quite an enjoyable pint. (234 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Smith tulip glass

A: A golden, clear color with a nice creamy white head, lots of lacing on this beer.

A: More malts than hops on the nose, not very hoppy, but I usually drink west coast style IPAs and IIPAs, so my nose is more accustomed to that aroma. Not picking up much.

T: Very nice, getting a nice, mellow bitterness upfront, malty, biscuity in the middle, finishes dry with a mild bitterness at the end. It's got a great flavor.

M: Medium dry mouthfeel

O: This is really good beer and I think it deserves a better score. I think the challenge for us American IPA drinkers is that we drink hopped up versions and we drink an English IPA and think something is missing, at least, that is my own experience. But if I am ever looking for an IPA that is not hoppy, I'll reach for this, it's good, balanced, and has quality. (867 characters)

Photo of ryho
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Today I bought the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (94), and the India Ale (83), and I feel like the scores of those on this site should be reversed. I think this IPA is fantastic. It isn't like most IPAs that get high reviews here, but it is none the less extremely good. The taste of this IPA reminds me of honey in a very good way, and it is so drinkable. (353 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold to deep orange, fairly high clarity. Almost an inch of white, foamy but not craggy, head. Medium-long retention.

S – Biscuity malt, light caramel, and tropical fruit, some pineapple and mango. A touch of mild vanilla and honey.

T – Biscuits and light toffee, definitely some mango and possibly apricot. A touch of vanilla and residual sweetness. Mild bittering hops providing balance.

M – Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Juicy throughout until a touch of dryness comes in towards the end. Bitterness is light to moderate, providing balance to the malt sweetness.

O – A very good example of the traditional style of IPA, before it was co-opted as a bitter assault on the tongue. Very flavorful and malty while providing balancing bitterness. Very good. (834 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper orange, transparent, with a white head that fades slowly, leaving a 1/8" layer up top and producing extensive lacing throughout. Pretty beer, certainly.

S - Mostly floral and herbal notes, a touch of honey sweetness, and a slightly medicinal element.

T - Follows the nose, with big floral hops and honeyed malts. The middle is biscuit and crackers, fading to a bitter line that is slightly reminiscent of aspirin. There is also a minerality, and some earthy notes.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, but the bitter finish does fatigue the palate.

O - I really love the nose and the front of this beer, with the bright floral hops and honey flavors. The close is less satisfying. I can deal with the bitterness, but the medicinal aspects come out most strongly at the end. The rating would be north of 4 but for this aspect of the finish. (863 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass, this English IPA pours a beautiful copper color with a nice white head that dies down to a nice pool of foam with light lacing. Nose of light caramel, light herbal and bittering hops, and light bread. Flavors are a medium caramel malts backbone with a light bready flavor that gives way to the bittering hops in the background. High carbonation, almost seltzer water like, gives it a crisp mouth feel that finishes bracingly bitter without being over the top. A solid example of a good British IPA. (543 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: chill hazed brassy color. Bubbly off-white head. Whisky lacing. Head retention is very good.

S: Doughy, caramel, treacle, honey glaze. Blonde tobacco and floral notes from the hops. Strong minerality. Brothy. Light stone fruits.

T: Earthy. Herbal and tobacco flavors. Stiff and gripping bitterness. Lemony. Minerals and broth. Fat malt base. Caramel and sweet rolls. Treacle. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness and lingering minerals on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Hefty with some sense of weight pressing down. Gripping hop astringency. Seltzery carbonation.

O: A little mineral-heavy. A pretty decent English IPA though. Unfortunately there is almost zero demand for the style here in the states. (743 characters)

Photo of lushes22
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Amber and somewhat clear
S. More of a pale ale smell with hint of orange
T. Unusual taste for india. Seems almost like a mix of india and pale ales. Light on bitterness on more of caramel and orange taste. British hops and ale flavor come through.
M. Light carbonation and i would prefer a little more for this style.
O. A nice change of pace. Probably reminiscent of india ales back in the day before the larger variety of hops available now. (450 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful copper orange with a big foamy white head.

The nose isn't very intriguing. Grassy notes, bready malt, yeast. Smells like a pale ale.

First sip and all I can think is "Yep, this is British." Very crisp and twangy. Tea bitterness and grassy notes. Bread and cracker malt with a yeast characteristic like the nose. The hops here only offer bitterness; I'm not getting any complexity out of them, maybe a slight lemon-lime feel that is slightly sour.

It's a refreshing beer but not what I like in IPAs. Tastes more like a crisp pale ale to me. As far as an English Style IPAs though, it's a good one. (618 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I agree with previous posts about the "lack" in this brew. However, there is an unmistakable pleasant aspect of this beer. While it does have a bitter quality to it - it doesnt detract from the experience.
This isnt a beer you would want to have 2 or 3 of in one sitting - but... to cleanse the palate a bit - this would do the trick well.
I really like it -
So...up yours (literally!) - as in drink up : o) (409 characters)

Photo of HunterWatts
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sour & lacking depth, but feels like you're drinking history. Thin -- especially if you've been drinking a lot of American big hops -- but still good. Somehow more than the sum of its parts. (190 characters)

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